Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Clearly the healthy Mediterranean diet isn’t keeping everyone in Croatia lean and in shape as it appears from new data that Croatians are crazy about dieting. Incredibly Croatia is the eleventh most diet-obsessed country in the world and the most searched type of diet is liposuction.

The popular American website “Chef’s Pencil” analysed Google Trends’ data for searches on the topic of diet (nutrition) which included diet-related searches made in local languages, to come up with their list. Google provides a country and city score, which shows the local interest-level for diet-related searches.

The three most popular diets in Croatia were liposuction, keto diet and Diet 10.

Top Countries:

1. Poland (Google Trends Score: 100)

2. Australia (Google Trends Score: 83)

3. United States (Google Trends Score: 78)

4. New Zealand (Google Trends Score: 77)

5. Moldova (Google Trends Score: 77)

6. South Africa (Google Trends Score: 76)

7. Georgia (Google Trends Score: 76)

8. Lebanon (Google Trends Score: 74)

9. Canada (Google Trends Score: 70)

10. United Kingdom (Google Trends Score: 70)

11. Croatia (Google Trends Score: 70)

12. Qatar (Google Trends Score: 67)

13. United Arab Emirates (Google Trends Score: 67)

14. Ireland (Google Trends Score: 67)

15. Romania (Google Trends Score: 65)


Every week through the height of summer we are hitting the streets of Dubrovnik to discover what you, our visitors, think about the city as a tourist destination. This week we caught up with a young couple from France, Melody and Giome, who were on a tour of Croatia with their lovely dog and were visiting Dubrovnik for the very first time.

What are your impressions of Dubrovnik so far? What have you seen and what have you liked?

We haven’t had so much time to explore yet but what we have seen until now has been very nice and clean. It looks like a nice city to live in. This is our first time in Dubrovnik and we are excited to explore some more. In fact, this is our first time in Croatia.

Have your say the prices are much cheaper than in France

What do you think about the prices in Dubrovnik? Are we more expensive than France?

We have to say that the prices are much cheaper than in France, especially when you compare Dubrovnik with a popular tourist destination in France. The food in the shops seems cheaper and the drinks. We have also found the restaurants cheaper than in France. So far we have eaten for around 40 Euros for us both in restaurants here, but in France you can’t find a good meal for under 30 Euros for one person.

What have you been doing since you have arrived in Croatia, have you been able to explore much of the country?

We are travelling with our dog so obviously we have been spending lots of our time walking around. In fact, it is always better to explore a destination on foot. The dog is a good excuse for us to walk. And as we are travelling by car, basically on a road-trip, we need to exercise our dog as well. We have visited a few of the national parks and will stay in Dubrovnik for two days. Plitvice lakes were incredible. After Dubrovnik we will travel down to Montenegro for a few days. Croatia is such a beautiful country and we will be back for sure.


For the third year in a row, the Croatian National Tourist Board has been implementing the project "Croatia, Full of Islands to Discover", which aims to promote nautical tourism as a tourist product.

As part of the project, 12 well-known bloggers, youtubers and journalists from the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Switzerland and Japan are currently discovering the islands of the Croatia Adriatic.

“Nautical tourism is one of the main Croatian image products which emphasizes the most beautiful thing that Croatia has, and the results confirmed this year in the nautical charter segment where we recorded almost 3 million nights,” commented the Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.

The promotion is focused on news reports in newspapers and magazines and posts on blogs and social networks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, where participants of this unique experience will share their impressions with numerous readers and followers.

The public park at the base of the Old City Walls on Pile will be locked and closed to the public in an aim to stop vandalism.

"The Pile Park will be locked in the night hours from September 9, in the winter from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am and in the summer months from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. with the aim of protecting the public space and preventing the abuse of this extremely valuable area, at the very entrance to the old city centre,” commented the City of Dubrovnik in a statement.

A new door has been installed at the entrance to the park and in the evening this new gate will be locked.

Various children’s playground equipment has been broken in the park as well as benches and other equipment and as part of the “Respect the City” campaign the City of Dubrovnik have obviously had enough and have decided to solve the problem by locking down the park.


There are a lot of ways that you could be saving money when you shop online or in a brick-and-mortar store. While brick-and-mortar stores usually have retail sales or rely on the art of negotiation to grab a discount, you could be saving a lot of money online.

Today, we take a look at the ways customers could be saving a lot of money and increasing their buying power by scoring discounts. These hacks are great for those who are on a budget.

Go to Coupon Sites

For upfront discounts on the goods and services that you purchase online, consider getting a coupon from a coupon website. These places offer a variety of curated and collated coupons from major vendors, and you can save anywhere between 10 and 70 percent on your next purchase. Try the online coupon site - Gopromocodes.com if you’re looking for a quick discount.

These coupon sites are beneficial for people who are just browsing for deals or are looking for coupons that they could have missed out on from companies who don’t have them available on their sites as well.

Purposely Abandon Your Shopping Cart

In over a year, the ecommerce industry loses more than $4 trillion in abandoned shopping carts, and as a result, marketers have responded by remarketing to customers who do so. They frequently give out incentives for people to purchase what was in their carts by offering discounts, deals, and offers.

There is a possibility to grab a discount from an online store by purposely abandoning a shopping cart because ecommerce stores would rather lose some potential revenue than the entire potential revenue altogether.

Allow Annoying Newsletters into Your Inbox

Newsletters from retail outlets are usually just filled with marketing material for their existing customers to purchase from them again. However, a lot of discounts also come from these newsletters.

It helps to subscribe to a newsletter from a brand that you love to make sure that your are always first in line to get a discount that is still not available to regular shoppers.

These newsletters are designed to provide incentives for people who are already part of the customer base. This rides on the fact that it’s cheaper for a company to market to a previous customer base than to look for new customers.

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Buy From Wednesday to Friday

There are a lot of offers available from Wednesday to Friday. Instead of logging in during regular shopping times on a lazy Saturday afternoon, shoppers looking for great deals on their purchase should try the midweek.

There seems to be a more significant possibility of scoring a discount at these times probably because they might be off-peak times for e-commerce outlets. Merely adjusting the times when people shop can result in a lot of savings.

Wait for the Sales

The most apparent sale that everyone looks forward to is the Black Friday sale, which is the bane of all who work in customer service. However, if Black Friday sales also work in e-commerce sites, don’t miss out on those deals, too.

Would-be customers who have the patience to sit back can simply wait for a sale. There are seasons where some sales occur, but it also helps to ask the retailer directly when you can expect a sale from their end.

Threaten to Cancel (Only for Subscriptions)

A lot of services that offer subscriptions have a dedicated department that is around to make sure that they do not lose any customers. If by any chance a customer is fed up with a subscription or is annoyed with the current service, threatening to cancel might be useful.

The department is armed with several discounts and incentives that can make your subscription worthwhile for the stress that you endured because of their service.

Know Price Codes

When you shop at major places such as Target or Costco, the price tags will have codes that seem to be random numbers along with the tag. However, these are price codes that tell you if something is discounted or not. By knowing what to look for, you know if you’re getting the best value for it.

For example, an asterisk in Costco’s product tag means its either on clearance, or it’s being discontinued.

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of ways for you to save money while shopping, and the average consumer shouldn’t settle for not being able to make savings. Given the cost of inflation amongst other issues, being able to save a few dollars here and there is excellent for any budget!


Dubravka Suica could well be nominated for a leading position inside the European Commission. Reports suggest that the Dubrovnik born MEP could find herself as the new Enlargement Commissioner in the new European Commission lead by Ursula Von Der Leyen.

Suica was nominated by the Croatian Government as one of the 27 Commissioners in August. Ursula von der Leyen is expected to unveil the list of her Commission’s portfolios on Tuesday.

“Although she supports the accession of Western Balkan countries to the EU, Bosnia and Herzegovina in particular, Šuica has stated several times that it is unrealistic for Serbia to become a member of the EU by 2025,” reports the website European Western Balkans.

In the period from January to July 2019, 57 foreign cruise ships sailed to Croatian seaports, completing 368 cruise trips. There were 565,000 passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 749 days, according to new information from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Of the total of 368 round trips, the highest number of trips was made in Dubrovnik-Neretva County (59.0 percent) and Split-Dalmatia County (25.5 percent). The remaining 15.5 percent of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (6.5 percent), Istria (4.3 percent), Primorje-Gorski kotar (3.3 percent) and Šibenik-Knin (1.4 percent).

In the period from January to July 2019, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships increased by 7.0 percent and the total number of days spent by ships increased by 6.4 percent, as compared to the same period of 2018. The number of passengers on these ships in the mentioned over 2019, up 8.9 percent from 2018.

The largest number of visits by foreign cruise ships was to the port of Dubrovnik (267 visits), followed by the ports of Split (140 visits) and Zadar (62 visits).


Famous British pop singer Ellie Goulding with her new husband, art dealer Caspar Jopling, visited Dubrovnik and partied on Friday night at the Culture Club Revelin nightclub.

The musician celebrated for the hit 'Love Me Like You Do' from the movie '50 Shades of Gray' got married last week in York and decided to spend her honeymoon in Croatia.


The glamourous wedding saw many celebrities attending, including Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, singer James Blunt, actor Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, actress Sienna Miller and many other celebrities.

The newlyweds hired the same wedding planning agency to take care of the ceremonies as Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.

And the newlyweds clearly had a ball in Dubrovnik.

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